Congresswoman Elaine Luria Cosponsors Bill to Expand Telehealth Services Under Medicare

June 20, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Today, Congresswoman Luria announced her support of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act (H.R. 4932). As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this bill would expand coverage of telehealth services under Medicare in order to expand access to health care.

“During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that Americans have access to medical treatment, including the option of utilizing telehealth services,” said Congresswoman Luria. “As we continue trying to limit the spread of coronavirus, Medicare policies must be flexible to allow our seniors to better practice social distancing by utilizing telehealth services.”

Specifically, this bill would:

  • Empower the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive certain restrictions on telehealth access, such as geographic restrictions;
  • Remove burdensome restrictions on mental health and emergency medical services to facilitate telehealth in these areas; and
  • Permit the CMS to waive coverage restrictions during national emergencies.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.